[mythtv-users] Should I Upgrade Frontend from AMD 3200+ to AMD X2 3800+ (DualCore) ?

Eric Holt ericsh at wvcom.net
Sat Feb 14 22:42:24 UTC 2009

On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM, Brad Templeton
> Though right now I am buying all core 2 duo.   Most myth systems end
> up being up 24/7.    And being up 24/7 makes every watt of power count,
> and core 2 processors are lower power than the AMDs, unless AMD has changed
> a lot recently.

Intel is still mostly producing processors that use 65w.  Check NewEgg.
There are 2 processors on there that use 35w, but both of those are
single-core Celeron's.  All of the 45w processors are AMD.  Then Intel
finally shows back up in the 65w range (as well as quite a few more AMD

I have the 4850e, which is dual-core at 2.5ghz -- and 45w max power usage.
AMD also now has the 5050e, which is 2.6ghz at 45w.

I have a box running the 4850e, like I said, and a 80%+ efficient PSU --
with AMD's cool-n-quiet enabled... that idles around 40w, and barely hits
100w at full load.  Compared to my other box that was 65w idle / 145w loaded
-- thats a good bit of power savings.

heh, I love having a Kill-a-Watt. :)
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